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Teamwork is key to producing higher-yielding soybean

When Matt Miles received the Soybean Farmer of the Year Award at this year's National Conservation Systems Conference in Baton Rouge, La., he said a number of people deserved the award as much as he did.

Later, Miles told farmers attending his presentation it really does take a team to grow 100-bushel yields. He said weather played a major role in his success in 2013 and 2014, and he gave credit where credit was due. But Miles said he believes farmers can grow good yields of 70 bushels to 75 bushels per acre even when the weather isn’t as favorable.

"How do you put all this together? How do you make this flow," asked Miles. "First thing you have to realize is God's in control, he's in control of the weather, and weather equals yield. So no matter what you do out there your No. 1 concern is going to be the weather, and what happens there."

The last two years, growers in Arkansas have had "perfect, Midwest weather," he said. "You know there's going to be some 90- to 100-degree nighttime temperatures coming. 

"We've gotten these beans up into the 90-plus-bushel range on the good soils," he said. "With bad weather we still should make 70 to 75 bushels. That's a great yield even on these highly productive soils. There's still a lot of hope on that.

"My biggest thing is team work," he noted. "Like I said when I accepted that award that award should have gone to a whole lot of different people besides just me. You just need to develop a team of people that you trust. The people who work for you every days -- forward thinkers like Rob (Dedman), chemical company representatives, people that take care of your marketing, university guys, all of those make a difference."

Miles says he is convinced solid relationships will make the difference in yields. "A lot of farmers are closed door -- they don't want anybody knowing their operation. We pretty much open our doors to people we trust."

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